• Class Number 2490
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Sabrina Caldwell
    • Dr Sabrina Caldwell
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
    • David Flores-Condezo
    • Erika Wood
SELT Survey Results

This course introduces the construction of web sites and web interface/interaction design. There is a key focus on the on new media / multimedia and its delivery on the world wide web. The course introduces multimedia as a combination of text, graphics, video, animation and sound for the purposes of information access, storage and dissemination. Topics such as the nature and types of multimedia objects, components of a multimedia system, Web authoring, delivery tools, multimedia applications, spam, podcasts, RSS, web spam and societal implications of the web. Students will create multimedia applications using some or all of HTML, XHTML, JavaScript, animation, sound, video and 3D. The course provides an introduction to the latest web technologies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand and be able to develop and design interactive web sites including multimedia content by applying current web design principles, guidelines and heuristics.
  2. Apply a user-centred focus to the design and development of web sites.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of accessibility, compliance with standards, privacy concerns and personalisation for web sites.
  4. Understand and be able to separately control the content, the appearance and the behaviour of web sites.
  5. Understand and report on the nature and practice of human computer interaction research in an ethical environment.

Research-Led Teaching

Web development and design is a quintessentially human-computer interaction (HCI), and understanding this relationship is key to building and designing effective web-delivered experiences to users. In this course we expect you to learn more about HCI, through lectures and through participating in research experiments of your choice from among the many online and in-person experiments on-going through the semester, and reflecting on your experiences and insights resulting from experiment participation. For students who do not wish to participate in experiments, we offer an alternative.

Examination Material or equipment

The final exam will be online, though whether this will be entirely online (invigilated) or in-person or dual delivery is still to be determined. Students will be allowed one A4 sheet of paper with notes on both sides for the final exam.

Required Resources

Required content is published on the Wattle course page.

We may provide a list of suggested (but not required) reading.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the course; introduction to online HTML/CSS MOOC labs, Discussion of assessment, Discussion of experiment participation and HCI report
2 Introduction to web development and design; Website assignment parts explained Lab quizzes
3 Content types, user learning styles, user requirements Lab quizzes
4 Good and Bad Web Design Lab quizzes + Good and Bad Web Design quiz
5 Video editing, Javascript Part 1 Website assignment Part 1
6 HCI writing and reporting; Javascript Part 2 Lab quizzes
7 Human-Computer Interaction; Web development in industry Lab quizzes, Website assignment Part 2
8 Content credibility, perspective taking Lab quizzes
9 Cybersecurity and Phishing Lab quizzes
10 Advanced topics: ePublications
11 Advanced topics: understanding front and back end Website assignment Part 3
12 Review of course content, exam hints and tips HCI report due After Week 12, final exam as per University final exam schedule

Tutorial Registration

ANU uses MyTimetable to enable you to view the timetable for your enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so you can best plan your time.

Please note that tutorials with low enrollments may be cancelled. In that case you will need to register for another tutorial.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Build website on subject of your choice 30 % Learning outcomes 1-4
Lab quizzes 15 % Learning outcomes 1-4
Communication and participation 10 % Learning outcomes 1-5
HCI Report 15 % Learning outcome 5
Final Exam 30 % Learning outcomes 1-45

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: Learning outcomes 1-4

Build website on subject of your choice

You will build and deliver a website in three parts throughout the semester on a subject of your choice. Each part is worth 10% of your overall course mark, amounting to a total of 30%. Detailed rubrics will be provided for each part.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: Learning outcomes 1-4

Lab quizzes

HTML/CSS quizlets accompanying MOOC labs plus quizzes in respect of other web development and design concepts. Note that these quizzes are formative quizzes meant to assist your learning. That means you may repeat the quiz as many times as you like.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: Learning outcomes 1-5

Communication and participation

Communication and course participation during the first week of the course. At least part of this element will include participating in the course student forum.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: Learning outcome 5

HCI Report

The HCI report is due in the last week of the course and is based on your learning about HCI and formal HCI reporting techniques in lectures and participating in research-led HCI experiments available during the semester (with an alternative provided for students who do not wish to participate in any experiments).

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: Learning outcomes 1-45

Final Exam

The final exam is a summative exam designed to test your knowledge of what you have learned in the course. Further details on the final exam will be provided closer to the end of semester. You will be able to bring a double-sided A4 page of notes with you to the exam.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will access and upload your website files to our internal server, which provides you with experience in real-world website file management within a closed environment for your web development and design learning. Other online submission platforms will include Wattle and Piazza. For your HCI report, we will use Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website.

Hardcopy Submission

There are no hardcopy submission requirements in this course.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Sabrina Caldwell

Research Interests

Image and knowledge credibility, human-centred computing, human-computer interaction, web development and design, software engineering, neural networks and deep learning

Dr Sabrina Caldwell

By Appointment
By Appointment
Dr Sabrina Caldwell

Research Interests

Dr Sabrina Caldwell

By Appointment
By Appointment
David Flores-Condezo

Research Interests

David Flores-Condezo

By Appointment
Erika Wood

Research Interests

Erika Wood

By Appointment

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